Patristics: Learning from the Church Fathers

Podcast-style audio course - 10 Lectures (4 CDs)
Length: 4 hrs and 1 mins
Saint Louis University
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Patristics: Learning from the Church Fathers

Podcast-style audio course - 10 Lectures (4 CDs)
Length: 4 hrs and 1 mins
Saint Louis University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Drawn, erased, and redrawn—watch as the lines of the early Church morph before your eyes into recognizable features of contemporary Catholic thinking.

In this retrospective on the early Church, award-winning professor David Vincent Meconi, S.J., examines its formative centuries (100–800 C.E.) as a regenerative source for Eastern and Western Christian thinkers, councils, and biblical translators in the second and third millennia.

Much of the history of the early Church is defined by Christianity’s persec

Audio Sample:

Drawn, erased, and redrawn—watch as the lines of the early Church morph before your eyes into recognizable features of contemporary Catholic thinking.

In this retrospective on the early Church, award-winning professor David Vincent Meconi, S.J., examines its formative centuries (100–800 C.E.) as a regenerative source for Eastern and Western Christian thinkers, councils, and biblical translators in the second and third millennia.

Much of the history of the early Church is defined by Christianity’s persecution by the Roman Empire. These are the stories we like to remember—stories of courage and principled objection, of underdogs and heroes who fought, sometimes to the death, to uphold a cause.

But one of the recurring lessons of Church history emerges from the way in which Christians have historically responded to internal (instead of external) threats. Although the Protestant Reformation remains the most famous of such internal conflicts, you will bend your eye in these lectures to a number of lesser-known examples:

  • The Councils of Nicaea, Ephesus, and Chalcedon,

  • The work of Basil the Great,

  • Augustine’s engagements with the Donatists, and

  • Baptism, Eucharist, and other early methods of worship.

You can expect to gain insight not only into the hotly debated divinity and humanity of Mary and Jesus, respectively, but also into the significance of Eastern Church fathers alongside their Western counterparts.

Fr. Meconi’s scholarly meditation on moments within the life of the Church takes on the delicacy and precision of a well-executed portrait—proving that the pulse of the ancient faith still throbs inside the Catholic Church today.

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The recipient of multiple teaching awards, Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil., is an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University, where he directs the new Catholic Studies Centre. Fr. Meconi holds a doctorate in ecclesiastical history from the University of Oxford and a pontifical license in patrology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He serves as the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review and has published numerous books and articles on the early Church, including The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America, 2013).Fr. Meconi is a fellow of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University, and he serves on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College.

Praise for Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.

“The brilliant Augustine scholar Fr. David Meconi is well-known for his boundless energy in teaching, preaching, and writing… His personal love for the Trinity shines forth in his scholarship, and now it is available through Now You Know Media. Everyone who can’t take his courses at Saint Louis University needs this lecture series.”
– Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

“Fr. Meconi, SJ, gives witness to a rare and refreshing combination of scholarly insight and priestly compassion. An accomplished scholar and professor of theology, he reflects a life committed to the care of souls and the building of the body of Christ.”
– Christopher Thompson, Ph.D., The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

“Fr. David Meconi, S.J., is a priest with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor, equally comfortable with plumbing the depths of Augustinian theology with students as he is with conveying the riches of Catholic spirituality to popular audiences.”
– Carl E. Olson, best-selling author and Editor of Catholic World Report

“[Fr. Meconi’s] love of the topic gets translated into a passion to communicate the beauty of the truth of our Faith. I suspect that the listener will catch his passion for truth and grow spiritually as it instructs the interior of the soul.”
– Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

 

  • The Apostolic Fathers
  • The Apologists
  • The Church at Alexandria: Clement and Origen
  • St. Athanasius and the Council of Nicaea
  • The Cappadocians and the Holy Spirit
  • Jerome and the Church’s Sacred Scriptures
  • Ambrose and Augustine: The Power of Conversion
  • Cyril of Alexandria and Mother Mary through the Ages
  • Fifth Century Bishops and the Council of Chalcedon
  • The Prayer and Worship of the First Christians

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